The holidays are coming, and what better way to feel festive than winning a Nokia Lumia 800 courtesy of Three UK. The carrier has given us one of Nokia's flagship Windows Phones, running Mango on a 3.7-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display and clad in a seamless polymer chassis, to hand over to one lucky SlashGear winner in the UK.
Nokia's multi-million efforts to push its Windows Phone based Lumia 800 still hasn't resulted in strong holiday sales, according to the latest UK stats, with Apple's iPhone continuing to dominate the mobile market. Although the newest iPhone 4S was an unsurprising success, sales tracking firm GfK says, the aging iPhone 3GS still managed to make it into the top 15 handsets chart despite dating back to mid-2009. Android was also a winner, with Samsung's Galaxy S II a particular star.
Nokia's ambitious and expensive launch promotion for the Lumia 800 has fallen flat, according to European market research, with only a little over 2-percent of those surveyed saying they firmly intended to buy the new Windows Phone. The results of the Exane BNP Paribas poll prompted the brokerage firm to cut its quarterly sales estimates for the Lumia 800 to 800,000, Times of India reports, down from previous expectations of around 2m units.
Nokia plans to distribute as many as several thousand free Lumia 800 smartphones to its developers, SlashGear has been informed, with the shipping process set to begin early next week. The pre-holiday coder reward is the latest part of Nokia's Launchpad scheme which gave out free E7 handsets earlier in the year, and is now trying to persuade developers to jump ship to Windows Phone.
Swisscom, the largest carrier in Switzerland, let it slip via Twitter that the Nokia Lumia 900 would be launching by the end of February. The Lumia 900 has been rumored recently to be a larger version of the gorgeous Lumia 800, but beyond rumors nothing has been confirmed about this device. Hence, the Twitter exchange, although possibly a mistake, will certainly fuel more speculation.
Nokia has revealed a limited Lumia 800Dark Knight Rises special edition, complete with a laser-etched Batman logo, to tie in with the upcoming feature film. Only forty of the handsets will be produced, seen here snapped by Jon Choo in London this morning ahead of IMAX previews of the Batman film itself.
Nokia has dismissed the iPhone as so ubiquitous as to be unfashionable while Android is too complex and too insecure, and hopes to persuade young people that its Windows Phones "are different" from a sea of touchscreen slabs. "Youth are pretty much fed up with iPhones" Niels Munksgaard, director of Portfolio, Product Marketing & Sales at Nokia Entertainment Global told Pocket-lint, "everyone has the iPhone." In contrast, Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and Nokia smartphones have been a relatively rare sight among the general public, something Munksgaard obviously believes will play into the two companies' advantage when it comes to perceived uniqueness.
According to CNET sources, both AT&T and Verizon are currently testing LTE versions of Nokia's Lumia 800 Windows Phone. The device has already launched in Europe and is expected to hit stateside in early 2012, likely making a debut at CES in January.
Nokia has announced that over the course of the next two weeks it will be rolling out a new software update for the Nokia Lumia 800 to fix the battery issue among other things. The update is starting that staggered 2-week roll out today in the countries where the phone is available. The update adds in things other than that battery fix too. Nokia says that the number of downloads at a time is fixed, which is why the update is staggered.
Next week there's an event going down that'll be a team-up between Nokia and T-Mobile, a mobile event to be sure, in New York for certain, the possibility that we'll see a Lumia device still a mystery. Last month we saw both the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710, Nokia devices the both of them, each working with Windows Phone Mango right out of the box. Both Nokia and T-Mobile are betting on wins here in the near future, both because the carrier's been shut out of the iPhone market and because the manufacturer has just recently started their partnership with Microsoft for Windows Phones shot out across the earth. We shall see what this event brings soon enough.